Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
You know me and local food festivals. Oh, you don’t? Okay, I’ll explain – if there’s one happening, I WILL attend.
The chance to savour new and exciting cuisines. The opportunity to chat one-on-one with world-renowned chefs. The time to learn about cooking techniques, flavours and culinary inspiration. The thrill of purchasing sauces and spices that have yet to make it to market. THAT is why I love food shows.
Today, I’m happy to introduce the FIRST ever Taste Of Toronto, a Taste Festival.
Taste Festivals, an IMG event, is considered the world’s greatest restaurant festival. The festival concept began 10 years ago in London, England, and has rapidly grown into an international event with festivals in 20 cities around the world including Dubai, Amsterdam, Milan, Moscow, Melbourne, Dublin, Mumbai, Sydney, and Johannesburg, to name a few. Everywhere it goes, Taste represents a gourmand’s dream come true: delicious food created by the city’s greatest restaurants, world famous chefs, superb drink and outstanding entertainment, set in stunning surroundings.
At Taste of Toronto, visitors can participate in a full schedule of cooking classes, demonstrations, chef Q&As, book signings and much more. Several special guests will be mingling with the crowd including Momofuku chef and owner David Chang; French-Canadian chef and television personality, Chuck Hughes; and cookbook author and Canadian chef, Roger Mooking.
With 17 of Toronto’s top chefs offering new culinary creations and over 50 signature small plates from their restaurants, sample the delicious fare over a picnic at the music stage featuring music performances by the likes of Jason Collett and The Darcys, curated by local record label Arts & Crafts. Be sure to tour the producers marketplace, including nearly 70 premium vendors, and visit the Officer’s Mess Kitchen for historical cooking classes for kids and adults alike.
Admission tickets start from $30 and give access to the festival grounds and programming listed below as well as $6 worth of ‘crowns’, the event currency. For more information or to purchase tickets visit tasteoftoronto.com.
Programming highlights include:
Metro Master Class: Visitors cook in real-time with their favourite chef at individual stations, learning expert technique and signature tips and tricks. Each four-hour Taste of Toronto session includes three, 30 minute classes. On opening night Steve Gonzalez will share the recipe for his poached scallops and Valdez cocktail sauce; on Friday, Richard Brault from Ninutik will pair maple sugar with classic French crepes in three ways; and on Saturday, Robbie Hojilla, will present Hudson Kitchen’s famed Broccoli Salad. Metro Master Class is free, but space is limited, so be sure to sign up onsite.
The Tasting Room: Join wine experts and a panel of sommeliers from Whitehaven Wines, Louis M. Martini, and Charlie’s Burgers for 30 minute interactive classes, including tutored tastings, tips for matching beverages to food, how to cellar wine and more. Sessions are 6 crowns ($6) each and spaces are filled on a walk-up first come, first served basis. For full schedule, visit http://tasteoftoronto.com/feature/wine-tasting-theatre/.
The Electrolux Taste Theatre: In partnership with Metro, All Clad and Kenwood, top chefs and special guests host live demonstrations, sharing expertise for those who are serious about food, as they create gastronomic delights live for the crowd. Learn from Shereen Arazm of Terroni, Damon Campbell of Bosk, Victor Barry of Splendido, Donna Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen and many more. After their demonstrations, Indigo presents book signings with feature chefs such as David Chang and Mark McEwan. The Electrolux Taste Theatre is free, but seating is limited and available on a first come first served basis.
Fort York Historical Cooking Workshops: With classes catered to both children and adults, join the cooks in the 1826 Officers’ Mess Kitchen to prepare recipes from the late 18th and early 19th century from Fort York staff dressed in traditional dress. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. children from six to 16 years old are invited to make ice cream, and from 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day, adults are invited to a salad herbs workshop with produce straight from the historical garden at Fort York. Fort York Historical Cooking Workshops are free, but space is limited, so be sure to sign up onsite.
Producers Market: Sip, sample and shop from the boutique food and drink market, where nearly 70 artisan producers and premium brands showcase their finest. Vendors include Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, Walter all-natural craft Caesar mix, Green House Juice Co., Upper Canada Cheese Company, Ninutik Maple and many more.
Right up your alley? Then you don’t want to miss it! Taste of Toronto takes place on July 24-27, 2014 at Toronto’s historic Fort York. VIP packages are available as well and include fast track festival entry, a complimentary beverage (please, drink responsibly), and a $20 voucher for new Uber users or $5 off for existing Uber users.
For more information, or to purchase tickets visit tasteoftoronto.com.
Since this is Taste of Toronto’s inaugural year, we need your help to spread the word! And to thank you, I have an incredible giveaway to offer my Canadian readers. Courtesy of Kenwood, a Taste of Toronto partner, one lucky reader will win The Kenwood Cooking Chef, which is valued at $2,000. YES, $2,000!
To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Remember, we’re looking for you to tell your followers and friends about Taste of Toronto, so there will be bonus entries for sharing the news socially. Good luck everyone!